A Publication of Roxbury Community College • Vol. 2 No 1 • October/ November 199 5^^^ ^t V
RCC Is Continued in Accreditation
until the year two thousand and five
The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
(NEASC) recently informed the College regarding the Commission's decision on our accreditation status. The
Commission's official letter states "that Roxbury Community College be continued in accreditation" and "that
the next comprehensive evaluation be scheduled for Spring, 2005". In Spring, 1997, the College is required to submit
a report "demonstrating its continued progress in establishing and retaining an experienced and effective administra-
tive staff and ensuring its financial stability."
"The Commission gives the following reasons for its action.
Continuation of Roxbury Community College's accreditation is based upon the Commission's finding that its standards
are being substantially met by the College. We commend the institution of the articulate, forceful and far-sighted
leadership of its president. We take favorable note of her efforts to unify the several constituencies of Roxbury Com-
munity College and record with favor the support and cooperation she and her administration have received from
members of the Board of Trustees and faculty. We wish to recognize the College for having made substantial progress
toward achieving financial stability and take particular note that despite several years of budget deficits in the past, the
institution ended FY'95 with a balanced budget. The Commission was pleased to note the encouraging signs and
significant achievements which suggest that the College has in recent years been able to focus on its mission, bring its
constituencies to consensus and common effort, and put in place the systems which will permit the College to concen-
trate on its central tasks."
This ten year period of reaccreditation is the maximum that any institution among approximately 200 institutions in the
New England region can receive. This is an unequivocal expression of the Commission's confidence in the institution's
viability and potential for success. In addition, our self-study process was highly praised by the Commission and
viewed as a process worthy of sharing with other institutions. Co-chair of the Steering Committee Tianping Wang was
invited by the Commission to make a presentation to 37 participants representing 19 institutions at its annual Self-study
Workshop. At the Workshop, our self-study documents received many favorable comments.
This momentous achievement under the leadership of President Brown is attributable to the hard work, astute contri-
butions, and dedication of the faculty, staff and students who participated in the process. It is important to note that in
spite of several issues troubling the College during the process, all constituencies were able to put differences aside to
make this exemplary achievement possible.
In the reports to October Trustee Meeting, President Brown and Vice President Rose extended a special note of
recognition and appreciation to the faculty, staff and students for your contribution to the success.
CONGRATULATIONS TO RCC!
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What Would You Do?
What would you say
If I told you I wanted to die today?
Would you tell me you don't care
Or would you say to pray?
What would you do to
make me hold on.
Could you make me believe things
aren't really that bad?
Would you turn your back on me
Or would you help me out
of my misery?
What would you do if
I told you I had enough
And today I'll be checking out \
Would you try to make me stay
Or tell me "toady is as good a
So, what would you do?
I know I would help you
I would tell you life may be bad
But, hang on and believe in God.
On October 12, the College held
its Fall'95 Convocation both for
day and DCE. President Brown
addressed the audience. "We have
many challenges ahead. We must
continue to have faith and tolerance
toward each other." "We can get to
where we want to be and should be
from where we are now." Vice
President Rose thanked the planning
committee for providing such an
opportunity for the entire College to
come together to express "our
unified commitment to excellence".
Representatives JoAnn Mulready-
Shick from faculty , Gillian Van
Delft from students, Annette
Stephen Griffin from administration
welcome the students into the RCC
family and encouraged everybody to
participate in the College's activities.
The key note speaker Ms. Terrie
Williams urge all students to pursue
your own dreams and "not to allow
any excuse to stop you from what-
ever you set out for yourself to do."
Her personal experience is forcefully
conveyed in the format of powerful
and practical advice to students:
• Stay in the race
• Look for inspiration from
somebody you respect
• Do what you say
you will do
• Treat everybody with
courtesy and respect
• Pay attention to details
• Thank people when
it is due
• The best of us must take
care of all of us
• Use ourselves as light for
others to climb up
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Many of RCC students enjoyed the
ceremony. Sherwin Brown said: "I
was actually glad that I was afforded
the opportunity to meet and greet
members oi the faculty and to hear
the words of Dr. Brown. I was also
pleased and fascinated by the words
of guest speaker Terrie Williams
who really captivated and motivated
me. If there were any doubts I had
about my succeeding in college and
beyond, she (Ms. Williams) at the
very least alleviated some of those
doubts and at very best completely
irradiated them. All in all, I felt the
entire ceremony served its purpose
to introduce new students to the
faculty and to motivate through
inspirational words." Other stu-
dents expressed their appreciation
for this opportunity to be con-
nected. Lisa Furey said: "I came
away from the ceremony feeling
more personally connected with
Roxbury Community College."
The College will continue its
commitment to provide meaningful
activities such as convocation to
inspire our students both for their
study at RCC and for their life in the
years to come. Indeed, convocation
will become an annual event at RCC.
News from BBS Campus '
We are proud to announce that
Janice Chandler, a legal secretaria
major, was warded a $ 1 ,000
scholarship from the Law Firm
Personnel Managers' Association
Congratulations to Janice!
Carmel Fitzgerald, a 1995 Executive
Secretarial graduate, is working in
the Engineering Department of
Loreta Rufo, 1995 Legal Secretarial
graduate, is working in the District
Attorney's Office at Somerville
District Court as legal secretary.
Tonya Bullock, 1995 Accounting
graduate, is working as an account-
ing Assistant for the Dream Machine
Joy Atkinso, 1995 Excessive Secre-
tarial graduate, is working at the
Advantage Funding Group as an
Administrative Assistant responsible
for Automotive Financing.
with the City of
285 has once
employees registered this fall in
various courses. Most popular
course this semester was Microsoft
Word 6.0 and Desktop Publishing.
Star Market held an Employment
Open House at the BBS Campus
on September 18. The New Star
Market will be open in November
on Commonwealth Avenue.
We hope the College and the New
Star Market can work together to
benefit our students and the com-
munities we serve.
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As an official collegia! governance
body, the Acuerdo met every month
in the past academic year. Active
participation of representative of
all constituencies made a great
difference in improving the opera-
tion of the Acuerdo. Encouraged
by the progress in the past year, the
Acuerdo members are determined
to do a better job this year by
providing more information for the
President and her administration to
make quality institutional decisions.
The primary goal of the Acuerdo
this year is to improve the communi-
cation across the board.
The Acuerdo members wish to
thank the President who attended
every single meeting since last May.
We encourage more people to
participate in the Acuerdo activities.
In our subsequent meetings, the
Acuerdo members will start to
review the mission and procedures
of the Acuerdo. We welcome your
In order for your representatives to
be effective and successful, your
support, participation and under-
standing are essential. We urge you
to participate in your assembly's
activities and forward your opinions,
comments and questions to your
representatives. The following
people are the representatives for
(Confidential/Classified @ 5304)
(Professional @ 5330)
Gillian Van Delft
(Secretary @ 5361)
Ann Marie Wedgeworch
The Acuerdo meeting schedules
for the rest of the academic year is at
2:00 p.m. in the Board Room on the
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Fall 1995 Student Enrollment
has been released by the Office
of Institutional Research & Effec-
The following is the summary.
A sample of communities from
which our students are drawn are
A preliminary study on the 1995
graduates has been completed by
the Office of Institutional Research
The following is the summary:
The Office of Institutional Research
& Effectiveness is committed to
providing the college community
with useful and accurate data. We
welcome your comments and
suggestions in order to improve
our data reporting system.
Jtanping Wang at 541-5361.
News from Nursing
The National Council for Licensure
of Registered Nurses has informed
the College that our 1995 NCLEX-
RN pass rate is 89.47%, which is
higher than the national average
pass rate of 86.2%. This is the
first time since the inception of the
nursing program at RCC that we
have a pass rate exceeding 80% for
two consecutive years.
This accomplishment is due to the
extraordinary collective efforts of a
committed and exceedingly dedi-
cated faculty and staff. For the past
year and a half, the Nursing Depart-
ment has been arduously working on
curriculum revision and evaluation
to ensure that our graduates will be
Congratulations to the
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Address the Psycho-
Social Needs of Children
in Armed Conflict
Since 1989, Professor Tesfay
Aradom in the Social
Sciences Department, in
collaboration with Dr.
Peter Wolf from the
' has been conducting
studies on the impact of
the armed conflict on
children in Eritrea,
East Africa. The study
series of recommendations
which were strongly
supported by the Eritrean
Government and a few
other world organizations.
. \The implementation of
have resulted in significant improve-
ment in the behaviors of the chil-
dren. Consequently, both Dr.
Aradom and Dr. Wolf were invited
to share their experience at a week
long training workshop organized
by the Harvard Human Security
Program between May 5-7, 1995.
The documents from this workshop
have now been adopted by the
United Nations. The UN has
recommended the implementation
of the document in other parts of
the world such as Cambodia, Bosnia
and The Sudan where children are
suffering from armed conflicts.
According to Professor Aradom,
the research also has implications
for addressing violence within the
Professor Aradom, congratulations
to your success and thank you
for representing RCC in the
For those who are interested in
the document or have further
questions regarding the research,
please contact Professor Aradom
Teaching of English
In July, educators at all levels of
English language arts instruction
and research gathered at new York
University for the NCTE (National
Council of Teachers of English)
International Conference and the
Sixth International Conference on
the Teaching of English. Conference
participants are from Australia,
Canada, new Zealand, South Africa,
the United Kingdom and the United
States. They gathered together to
explore in depth the issues related
to the Teaching of English.
Five RCC faculty members had the
opportunity to attend this confer-
ence. Professor Nancy Teel is one
of the presenters at the conference.
The theme of her presentation is
"Dancing on the Bridge between
Image and Text" on visual thinking.
Facing the challenge of the new
technology, teachers and researchers
alike are thinking and exploring for
improvement in classroom teaching
of the English language. The theme
of the conference is therefore called:
"Restructuring Language and
Learning for the 21st Century:
Connecting with Our Classroom".
We are very pleased and proud that
RCC is part of the leading force in
this exciting academic journey.
Congratulations and thanks to
Professor Nancy Teel.
Questions and comments regarding
this conference can be directed to
Professor Nancy Teel at 541-5177.
David Rosen, Director of the Adult
Literacy Resource Institute, was on
leave from the College in February
and March, 1995, as a consultant to
the Department of Education,
Culture and Sports in Manila. As
a World Education consultant, he
provided technical assistance to
establish an expanded national adult
literacy system for the Philippines.
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Kenneth Tangvik from English
Department has once again volun-
teered to serve as the faculty liaison
to the Multi-Cultural Middle
College High School program. His
effort and work in the past year has
improved the communication
between the two groups. This year,
he is pursuing a doctorate. We wish
him the very best and want to thank
him for his generous contribution of
his time for the quality of the
program on the campus.
The RCC family extends our warm
welcome and best wishes to:
Office of Institutional Research
Nursing Department Instructor
Acting Division Chair of Math
Director of Institutional Research
RCC Day Care Center
The RCC Day Care Center will be
under a new vendor, The Academy
of Learning, Discovery and Achieve-
ment (ALDA), effective Saturday,
November 11, 1995. ALDA will
focus on enhancing diversity in their
curriculum and classroom instruc-
tion. Director Ellen Nyepon has
attended classes at RCC in Early
Childhood Education and has her
degree in human development with
a focus on infants to grade three
from Wheelock College. The
Assistant Director Sharon Flectcher
has her associate degree from RCC
and is a member of the Advisory
Committee of Madison Park High
School. Both Ms. Nyepon and Ms.
Fletcher are Director Two qualified
for infants and preschool children
and have a combined work experi-
ence of thirty-two years in day care
ALDA gives the first priority to
place the children of the RCC
students. The rest of the available
slots will be filled on a first come
and first served basis.
Please stop by the Day Care Center
or call Nadine Dowling at 541-5450
for more information.
Ivanildo De Araujo
ESL Faculty member Veronica
Gouvea is coordinating the installa-
tion of a bench in Ivanildo's
memory, a former RCC faculty
member. Your contribution can be
sent to the RCC Foundation with a
notation such as in Ivanildo's
Memory. Ivanildo's sister Ivaneide
sent warmest regards to all of
Ivanildo's friends here at RCC. She
and the rest of her family are all
deeply touched by our effort to keep
Ivanildo's memory alive. Many
thanks to those of you who have
made a contribution.
y Crvss./n<f • October/November 1995
from RCC Students
Mr. Salah Mahdi Abood Al-Amiry is an English major student at RCC.
He is currently enrolled in English Composition I Class. One of his extra-
curriculum hobbies is writing. He is interested in both essay and poetry
At the intersection of Columbia
Road and Dudley Street
Where Anna is standing
Like a brave soldier
Where I watch the travelling trains,
departing for New York, DC,
All the kindness you have given
All the pain you have hidden
From your generous Georgian coast
I can almost hear]ames Brown,
down on his knees, weeping Georgia
Georgia.... Georgia, the echo replies
Georgia, for God's sake,
release some of your secrets
Why does the sparrow sing
despite the cage?
Why does the sunflower bloom?
Why does the sun rise?
Why is the butterfly always more
beautiful than I imagine?
And why is the Autumn sad? so the
Winter, for its sorrow and rain,
Which inspire your dreamy streets,
Why, why, and why I
Georgia. . . . Georgia
Oh! Southern pearl, do you hear my
voice? Georgia, I beg you to listen
Georgia.. . Georgia
Peace and harmony, into the heart
Georgia.. . Georgia
Georgia, you are with me here in my
heart, for I am here at Upham's
At the intersection of Columbia Road
and Dudley Street
Where Anna is standing
Like a brave soldier
Wow! to immigrant for the whispers,
the whistles of train which bleed his
The honesty is a honesty for itself,
not for any advantage
Nor for the attraction of the others
I can sing, dance, definitely I cry,
I am crying, perhaps,
my tears are prayer
The exiled streets are my home,
the exiled streets are a nation!
Oh! God, death is more merciful,
than a living in exile away from Iraq
The bullies never scare me
I can spit in the face of the dictator
I can see people shinning like bright
stars, oh, God! they are really stars
But, not on the covers of the
magazines, nor in the movies,
still they are stars
I write it a poem from Upham.s
For Iraq I shall die,
my death is a birth
The freedom's sun must rise over you,
Iraq, despite the darkness
Peace be upon you, Iraq
Peace be upon you, Baghdad
And peace be upon you, Bayyaa
(my dearest hometown)
Editor: Jianping Wang
Design: Stanley Roberts
All contributions are from the editor
unless specified. We thank you for
your information. We welcome your
comments and submissions.
All submissions must be received
by the 10th day of the month to be
included in that month's issue.
8 Ceos-sing • October/November 1995
To: The Roxbury Community College Community
From: Stanley Roberts and Suki Choe
Re: 1995-1996 Academic Calendar, month of December
Date: 11 .21:95
We apologize for the inaccurate dates contained in the
month of December of the RCC Academic Calendar.
In the future we assure you improved production,
accuracy and quality.
Thank you for your understanding.
Stanley Roberts [ Suki Choe